Who We Are


Legal Action Chicago seeks justice for people living in poverty. Through litigation and advocacy, our team of lawyers and staff fight to secure individual rights to affordable housing, basic healthcare, fair working conditions, protection from abuse, and economic stability.


Poverty will not be an impediment to justice, a decent quality of life, or opportunity for upward mobility.  Legal and racial barriers that perpetuate poverty and block opportunity will be dismantled.  People with low incomes, particularly people of color, will have a respected and effective voice in the public policy decisions that affect their lives, families and communities.

Legal Action Chicago’s Statement on Racial Justice

Legal Action Chicago witnesses how structural racism thwarts the health and stability of low-income communities and perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Our client population consists primarily of Black and Latinx women and men. The legal services we provide our clients combat generational injustices forced upon them by a world that is often complacent and, therefore, complicit in the suppression of their advancement.

As advocates for people living in poverty, we recognize the unique historical inequities that continue to create barriers for Chicago’s Black residents. Legal Action Chicago joins with legal aid organizations across the country to speak out and work against racial injustice, including racially-biased policing. We will not be complicit, and we will not be neutral in the fight against systemic racism. Black Lives Matter and our attorneys will continue to use the law as a tool to fight racism in all its forms.

You Can Make a Difference

To ensure that low-income communities in Cook County have an advocate in their corner, Legal Action Chicago relies on private donations. You can support Legal Action Chicago with a tax-deductible contribution, and help us break the cycle of poverty for the clients we serve. Click here to donate securely online.